Nearly Three million American personnel are hurt on the job every year, and poor lighting is to blame for the most frequent accidents, including slips, trips, falls, and contact with objects and equipment. Despite the risks connected with poor lighting, more than 90% of industrial facilities still rely on conventional fixtures2, namely high-pressure sodium (HPS), which are notorious for their unnatural orange glow, insufficient light output, short lifespan, and potential danger from mercury exposure. (Download a full-size image of the infographic snipped below.)
Research shows that only improving workplace lighting is able to reduce accidents by as much as 60% percent3; in industrial facilities, this could mean the difference between life and death for workers who work in these harsh conditions. Modern, long-lasting led strip lights is the perfect solution that will help to dramatically reduce the risk of industrial accidents by providing a safer, well-lit environment. Here are five ways upgrading to industrial-grade LED lighting can improve plant safety.
Improved color rendering – A normal HPS bulb produces illumination with a color rendering index (CRI) of lower than 30, which leads to that unnatural orange glow that distorts colors. This makes it difficult for workers to discern between colors on hazmat placards, wiring, and labels, which count on color-coding for effectiveness and safety. By comparison, industrial LEDs boast a CRI of 70 or over, for an infinitely more natural color that mimics natural daylight. This provides optimal illumination to enhance workers’ color perception.
Increased alertness – Fatigue and drowsiness are contributors to accidents and injuries4, and also this may become much more problematic in overnight shift work. Compared to the low CRI of antiquated HPS fixtures, which could lower mood and energy levels among workers4, the white light of recent LEDs actually reduces fatigue and makes workers feel 5 times more alert.5 One CDC study even found that quad row led tape lights helped people detect trip hazards 94% faster6, which alone could lessen a large number of accidents each year.
Instant on – In the event of an electrical outage, normally it takes HPS fixtures up to twenty minutes to go back to full output. During that time, visibility is severely limited through the low light conditions, which are even worse than usual. In contrast, LEDs occur instantly, the moment power is restored, meaning full visibility the split second the backup generators kick on.
Less maintenance – Aside from their poor lighting, simply maintaining HPS fixtures can also be dangerous because of the probability of electrocution and falls from ladders or lifts. And, because of the short lifespan, bulbs has to be changed out frequently, which puts workers at risk every time. Industrial LEDs, on the other hand, last 3 times longer than HPS – even up to a decade or even more. That means much less lighting maintenance and much less maintenance staff at risk.
Zero mercury exposure – Just one HPS bulb contains enough mercury vapor to poison a complete classroom filled with children.7 Which means only one broken bulb can put workers vulnerable to mercury exposure which can cause severe toxicity symptoms, some that may have lifelong implications. LED fixtures contain zero mercury or any other harmful chemicals, which makes them a much safer fqzzjr in industrial applications.
In accordance with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, LED fixtures can “significantly lessen the frequency of accidents associated with the constant maintenance, operation and repair of flexible led strip lights.”8 By virtue of their long-life performance, reduced maintenance, and improved visibility, LEDs are a significant consideration in terms of the short-term safety and long-term health of industrial workers.
Comprehensive Industrial Lighting – Lighting for manufacturing and industry spans through the inside to the outside – from retail showrooms to warehouses. Fortunately, we have products for all your needs. Our range includes warehouse and retail lighting and lights for high ceiling manufacturing areas. LEDified’s automated product range includes motion sensor technology, daylight harvesting and outdoor flood lights, which can even be found in sporting arenas.